I refer to my classroom as the “Art Studio.” The reason I call it the art studio instead of the art room, is because I want to make it a special, different, and unique place, unlike any other room in the school.
Professional artists create art in studios and since I wanted my students to feel like they were “real” artists, I started treating them like one. The first step was to teach them about art studios. I showed them photographs of famous art studios and discussed the importance of taking care of the art studio. Here is a photo of Grant Wood’s studio, Turney Alley, which is 5 minutes away from my school!
My middle school students really bought into the idea and were fascinated to see the different art studios. My colleagues complimented the change in name as well!
As art teachers, we know our classrooms are the best in the whole school, regardless of what we call it!
How do you refer to your room? Do you think it even matters?